This summer, the children of Friendship Baptist Church's vacation bible camp dedicated a week to helping homeless families in Pasadena. These youngsters combined fun and fundraising by holding a coin drive to benefit Union Station Homeless Services.
The camp kids, including four children residing at Union Station's Family Center, set a goal to raise $1,000 in one week. The children designated the funds they raised to provide meals for homeless parents and children living at Union Station's Family Center.
Each day after camp, the kids enthusiastically approached family members, friends, and neighbors, asking for spare change. When all the coins were counted at the end of the week, the children had raised an astonishing $1,654.12!
"This is incredible," said Marvin Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. "It would be a generous gift from anyone, but the fact that children raised this money makes it especially meaningful. We are so impressed with their grasp of the problem and their willingness to take action."
With this gift, Union Station will be able to provide more than 900 meals for homeless parents and their children living in the Family Center. The current economic crisis has dramatically increased the demand for Union Station's programs. All of the agency's facilities are full, and each month more than 100 new individuals and families come to Union Station for help.
For more information about Union Station's Family Center, or how you can organize a fundraiser like the children of Friendship Baptist Church, visit www.unionstationhs.org or call (626) 240-4557.